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She can’t walk down steps unaided, she can’t sleep on her back and she can’t fit into a normal plane seat.
But the woman with the biggest breasts in the world has vowed never to have them reduced.
This is the 10th year running that mum of two Norma Stitz – that’s her stage name – has been in the Guinness Book of Records with her enormous Size 102ZZZ chest.
And she has turned the boobs she once hated into a money-spinning asset. They have won her fame on TV and in movies around the world, earning enough to put her daughter through college.
But having breasts which weigh nearly 3st each – equivalent to carrying around TWO cases of wine – is a heavy burden. Norma (real name Annie Hawkins-Turner) admits she was once so ashamed of them that she refused to leave her home and was too afraid to have sex.
She has to have bras specially made and she can only wear stretchy clothes. She needs help on steps because she can’t see anything in front. She can’t sleep on her back because the weight might crush her airways.
And she can only drive a 4x4 with extra room in the front because her breasts set off steering wheel horns on smaller cars. Norma, 50, started wearing a bra at the age of nine and as a teenager couldn’t walk down the street without strangers staring at her.
“Even in primary school I had problems,” she says. “They had desks with the tops attached to the chairs and I couldn’t fit in them. I had to have a separate desk and chair.
“Then when I got to secondary school I wasn’t allowed to do physical education. My PE teacher was great. She wouldn’t let me do anything that would hurt my boobs. I wasn’t allowed to do star jumps at all and with the other exercises, if the rest of the class were doing 10, I would only have to do three.
“I couldn’t wear the leotard everyone else did – I had to wear shorts and a top and a different uniform.”
Norma said having good friends ensured she was never bullied, but she was short of admirers from the opposite sex.
“Boys were ashamed to be seen with me,” she says. “I became ashamed of my breasts and my body.
“Then I started to get attention from men on the street. Old men, complete strangers, would stop me and offer me sweets if I showed them my boobs.
“Even in my early teens my breasts were 42DD. I was so self-conscious.”
These days Norma weighs 25 stone and her bust – that 102ZZZ measurement means that her chest is 8ft 6ins around – simply swamps her 5ft 6ins frame.
Her size made it tough to find a man who wanted her for the right reasons.
She says: “I had my first boyfriend in college but we never had sex. I didn’t want to take my clothes off in front of him. We never had sex in the four years that we dated.
“I then had another boyfriend who made me realise that I didn’t need to be ashamed of my body. When the time came for us to have sex, I turned off the lights and got under the covers before I took my clothes off.
“He waited patiently while I did that. Then he came over to the bed and pulled me out of it. He put the lights back on and made me walk over to a mirror and made me look at myself in that mirror.
“He told me I was beautiful just the way I was.”
But Norma, of Virginia, USA, says it wasn’t until she met her husband Allen that she got over her poor body image. The couple met at a bus stop one day and it was love at first sight.
“Allen turned me into a very sexual being,” she says. “He loved my boobs and made me see them in a different light. Every day he would tell me I was the sexiest woman alive.”
Norma was 22 when she lost her virginity. But she says: “I can only have sex lying on my side.”
When she had their two children she didn’t breastfeed as she couldn’t reach out far enough to put her babies on her nipple.
Norma says Allen – who died of cancer five years ago – always talked her out of having a breast reduction.
“Every doctor I went to would try and talk me into getting a boob reduction,” she says. “Now and then I would come home with paperwork from the doctor about a reduction and Allen would tell me off.
“One time he sulked and wouldn’t speak to me for two weeks. He loved my boobs and believed that I should embrace them and thank God for giving them to me.
“I have no regrets about not having a breast reduction because I’m healthy. If they were so big that I couldn’t breathe then that’s a totally different story.”
Norma admits that her breasts may have got in the way of a traditional career, but Allen encouraged her to send pictures of herself to magazines and by 1997 she was making her own movies.
“I run an adult production company and that is where I’ve made my money,” she says. “I’m paying to put my girl through college. She’s a smart girl.”
Norma’s daughter Clara is 19 and her son Darius 22.
“They think I am the coolest mum in the world,” says Norma.
“They are very proud of me. But they do get embarrassed because I am all over the internet and on TV in the US.
“My son gets offended when people stare at me. But I tell him don’t get upset – my breasts are what draws people to me.”
And now she has a new boyfriend, Lee, who she met on the internet a year ago.
“He had already heard of me so my breasts didn’t come as a shock. It’s wonderful – he loves me, not just my breasts.”